Baltimore Beats Up Rays For Second Straight Night

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For the second consecutive night, the Baltimore Orioles used a big inning to pull away from the Tampa Bay Rays, scoring four times in the fourth inning off the debuting Jalen Beeks, leading to a 11-2 decision

For the second straight night, the Rays would score first, as Jesus Sucre's RBI double scored Mallex Smith for a 1-0 advantage, but Baltimore again wasted no time in getting back the run and then some, as Ryne Stanek walked Chris Davis with one out in the inning and Trey Mancini two batters later would unload on the right-hander with his 13th home run of the year to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead.  Joey Rickard would follow on the very next pitch from Stanek (1-3) by depositing it into the seats in left himself for his sixth of the season.

Mancini's home run was the first allowed by Stanek since Mike Trout took him deep May 19 in Anaheim.

Kevin Kiermaier got the deficit trimmed back to a single run to begin the third by picking on the first pitch of the inning from Kevin Gausman for his fourth home run of the year.

But that would be as close as the Rays would get Saturday, as Jalen Beeks, making his Tampa Bay debut after being acquired Wednesday from the Boston Red Sox, allowed the Orioles to stretch their lead.  The left-hander walked Davis and allowed flare singles to Danny Valencia and Mancini before Rickard cleared the bases with a bloop double for a 6-2 game.

Caleb Joseph followed with a base hit to give Baltimore a five-run advantage.

Rickard and Joseph again teamed up against Beeks in the sixth after Mancini singled to start the frame.  The right-fielder drove in his fifth run with a double, and Baltimore's catcher followed with another base hit that would bring him in for a 9-2 game.

Tim Beckham would follow with a walk, while a double by Adam Jones would end the rookie's night by scoring Joseph for a 10-2 score.

Mark Trumbo's sacrifice fly off Jaime Schultz scored Beckham to set the score and finish Beeks' line.  The lefty allowed eight earned runs on ten hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work.

Tampa Bay allows double-digit runs for the first time since June 30-July 1, 2016, when the Detroit Tigers scored ten runs against the Rays in the first two games of a four-game series at Tropicana Field.

SUNDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (53-52) at Baltimore Orioles (31-74), 1:05 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 11:30 a.m. with This Week in Rays Baseball.

Rays starter - RHP Yonny Chirinos (0-2, 3.78 ERA)

Orioles starter - RHP Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.57 ERA)

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